Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
Her Excellency The Right Honourable Mary Simon
The Governor General of Canada also serves, ex officio, as the Commander-in-Chief of Canada and exercises the duties of the Head of State as the representative of Her Majesty The Queen.
The duties of the Commander-in-Chief include:
- formalizing the appointment of the chief of the defence staff on the recommendation of the prime minister;
- appointing Royal colonels of Canadian regiments on the recommendation of the Minister of National Defence;
- approving new military badges and insignia;
- visiting Canadian Armed Forces personnel and their families at home and abroad;
- presenting colours to Canadian Armed Forces units;
- awarding military honours; and
- signing commission scrolls.
Upon taking office, the Governor General also becomes the Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit and receives the Canadian Forces Decoration. They also become a Colonel of the Governor General's Foot Guards, the Governor General's Horse Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards.
In their capacity as Commander-in-Chief, the Governor General may wear a military uniform at events. In so doing, the Governor General wears a flag/general officer uniform with a special flag/general sleeve braid, embellished with the governor general's badge, and a large embroidered governor general's badge on the shoulder straps or boards.
For further details, visit the Governor General's website.
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